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Darrell Waltrip back at Daytona after gall bladder surgery

Feb 19, 2014, 3:02 PM EDT

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Like the swallows returning to Capistrano and Major League Baseball players reporting to training camp, yet another harbinger that spring will soon be here has returned to Daytona.

Can you say, “Boogity, boogity, boogity”?

Fox Sports announcer and NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip is back at Daytona International Speedway after, shall we say, a little detour through a hospital emergency room.

Waltrip underwent emergency gall bladder surgery last Thursday, Feb. 13 in Nashville, forcing him to miss the Sprint Unlimited last Saturday and pole qualifying Sunday while he recuperated.

But make no mistake about it, whether you love him or hate him, Waltrip is back, just in time to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his 1989 Daytona 500 win.

Who can forget Waltrip’s hilarious celebratory “Ickey Shuffle” in victory lane (see video below)?

(For those of you too young to know who Ickey Woods, creater of the Ickey Shuffle was, Google it.)

Sure, Waltrip may be a little lighter weight-wise after removal of the gall bladder, but he’s ready to get back to boogity-boogity-boogitying for this Sunday’s telecast of the 56th Daytona 500.

“I feel great,” Waltrip told the Motor Racing Network. “I had no idea I had anything wrong. I just got sick all of a sudden. I was getting ready to leave to come down here. Next thing you know I was rushed into the emergency room and they took out my gallbladder.

“I should be good for Thursday (Budweiser Twin 150 Duels) and Sunday, no problem. Being at home, watching the guys, watching somebody else (brother Michael filled in for him, as did driver Clint Bowyer) do your job is like watching somebody else run your racecar. It wasn’t any fun.”

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  1. manik56 - Feb 19, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    I can not figure out how that celebration can be timeless yet so dated at the same time. Glad DW is ok and will be calling the Duels.

  2. onbucky96 - Feb 19, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Glad DW is back, now Juior’s #1 cheerleader is back in the booth.

  3. biggdaddy007 - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:43 AM

    Hopefully the wired his mouth shut mans stupider than a bag of hammers

  4. mrsfoxxe - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Big deal. GB surgery is nothing these days. 3 tiny holes & it’s out. Usual go home same day. Rest a day or 2 & go on with your life.!

  5. worknman24hours - Feb 22, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Welcome back Darrell.

    Time to bring the boggity!

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